Walker

About

Dr. Walker’s teaching specialties focus on how social justice and race issues are covered in journalism.

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Education

Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of South Carolina
M.A., Mass Communication/Journalism, University of South Carolina
B.S., Radio/Television, Sam Houston State University

Teaching

Race and Media, Qualitative Methods, Social Justice Journalism, Multiplatform Journalism, Theory, Writing for Broadcast, Digital

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Walker is an award-winning television news journalist and journalism scholar who focuses on race and media. Mainly through qualitative methods, her work captures the experiences of marginalized and underrepresented journalists in the digital age, social justice, activism, police shootings, maternal health, and has a growing interest in racialized mis/disinformation. Her dissertation focuses on the experiences of Black journalists and their connections with the Black community. She is passionate about addressing issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in college classrooms and newsrooms.

She has presented research at regional and national AEJMC conferences which include 8 top paper awards. Her research is published in Journalism Practice, Social Media + Society, Journalism, Cultural Studies<–>Critical Methodologies, and Journal of Sports Media.

Experience

Previously, Walker worked in several behind-the-scenes roles in television news markets including Augusta, GA; New York, NY; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Columbia, SC—covering some of the nation’s biggest stories. Walker’s experience working in and managing a T.V. newsroom inform her teaching and academic research.

Awards & Fellowships
  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Fellow, 2018-2022
  • Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program, 2018-2022
  • Breakthrough Graduate Scholar, University of South Carolina, 2021
  • PhDigital Doctoral Bootcamp, 2020
  • Dr. Paula Poindexter Student Research Grant, 2020

 

Wilson

ABOUT

Keith Wilson is a director, creative producer, and visual artist whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Berlinale, South by Southwest, Hot Docs, the U.S. National Gallery of Art, documenta14, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a 2021 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow as the producer for the feature-length documentary “I Didn’t See You There.” For his in-progress feature film, the “Untitled Frank Moore Project,” he was a 2019 North Points Fellow and a 2018 BAVC Mediamakers Fellow. Wilson’s short documentary film “The Tree” premiered at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival and screened at MoMA’s 2019 Doc Fortnight program. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Texas-Austin, where he was a University and Jesse Jones Fellow.

EDUCATION
  • MFA, Film Production, University of Texas-Austin
  • BA, History and Sociology, Texas Christian University
TEACHING SPECIALTIES

Wilson teaches introduction to production and cinematography courses.

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
  • 2021 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Production Grant
  • 2021 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship
  • 2021 CNN & Points North Institute American Stories Grant
  • 2021  Points North Institute Fellowship
  • 2020 California Humanities Documentary Project Grant
  • 2020 NBCUniversal Original Storytellers Fellowship
  • 2020 Doc Society New Perspectives Fund Development Grant, Doc Society
  • 2019 Points North Institute Fellowship
  • 2018 Monroe Research Fellowship, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University
  • 2018 National Mediamaker Fellowship, Bay Area Video Coalition
  • 2015 Canon Filmmaker Award, Film Independent
  • 2014 SFFILM Kennith Ranin Filmmaking Grant

Lee

About: Sanghoon Lee teaches in our MFA Film, Television and Digital Media program. When he is not teaching, he is a director, producer, writer and cinematographer for independent film projects.

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Education

  • MFA, Film, Video, New Media, and Animation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • BA, Philosophy, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea

Experience

Lee has completed several award-winning dramatic features as the cinematographer and producer, including Second Moon (2007), Chicago Heights (2009) and Hogtown (2014). His credits also include feature documentaries Edit (2003), Today We Saw the Face of God (2011), and Breakfast at Ina’s (2015). In 2018 he wrote directed his first feature film, Banana Season.

Recently, Lee served as cinematographer for a variety of short films and documentaries, including Fugue (2019), What Remains: The Burning Down of Black Wall Street (2021), and The Birder (in post-production), as well as the feature film, Ghostwriter (2021).

Currently, Lee is working as a producer and the cinematographer on a feature documentary project, Art and Pep (in post-production). The documentary tells the important story of Chicago’s crucial role in America’s LGBTQ+ movement through the eyes and love of two men at the helm of the progress over the past 40+ years. The film will be completed in the spring of 2022.

Before UGA, he taught film production and studies at Governors State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University and Northwestern University. He is a native of South Korea.

Chiles

About:

Nick Chiles is a writer in residence teaching Feature Writing courses. Previously he was the writing coach at the Grady Writing Lab for journalism students and an industry fellow for the Cox Institute.

Education
  • M.F.A., Narrative Nonfiction, Grady College at University of Georgia
  • B.A., Yale University
Research Interests and Activities

Chiles is the author or co-author of 20 books, including three New York Times bestsellers he wrote with R&B icon Bobby Brown, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and gospel legend Kirk Franklin. He is the co-author with Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx of the parenting memoir, Act Like You Got Some Sense, to be published in October 2021, and the co-author with Atlanta attorney Robbin Shipp of Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System, which was a finalist for a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

He is the co-author of Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge with retired NBA center Etan Thomas, who was a member of President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative. Chiles was a co-writer with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick of his 2012 book, Faith in the Dream, and he co-wrote the 2019 book Engage Connect Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders with environmental activist Angelou Ezeilo.

Chiles co-wrote four novels and wrote a fifth novel as a celebrity ghostwriter.

Teaching Specialties

Chiles’s teaching interests include narrative nonfiction, education reporting, cultural reporting, and magazine and feature writing.

Experience

Chiles served as a newspaper reporter for the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday. He has also written for magazines such as The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, Essence and Ebony. He was also a magazine and a website editor-in-chief. He has served as a professor at Columbia Journalism School, and at Princeton University. He is a consultant for the William Julius Wilson Institute at the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Awards and Fellowships

Chiles has won nearly 20 major journalism awards, including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize as part of a New York Newsday team. He has won a Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, several National Association of Black Journalists awards, an NAACP Image Award, and two National Education Reporting Awards presented by the Education Writers Association. He was the recipient of the Spencer Education Fellowship at Columbia University and the Ferris Fellowship at Princeton.

Kadri

Education

Ph.D., Yale Law School
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
M.A., University of St. Andrews

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About

Thomas E. Kadri joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in the fall of 2020 as an assistant professor. He also holds a courtesy appointment at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and serves as an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Women’s Studies.

Kadri’s research focuses on torts, cybercrime, privacy and how law regulates technology and information. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including the UCLA Law ReviewTexas Law ReviewUtah Law ReviewMaryland Law Review, and Michigan Law Review. He has also been published in media outlets including The New York Times and Slate.

Before entering academia, Kadri served as a judicial clerk for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Thomas Griesa of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has also worked as a visiting scholar at Insper São Paulo and an adjunct professor at New York Law School.

Born and raised in England, Kadri received his Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School, where he was a Mellon Fellow. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, he served as executive editor of the Michigan Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and received the Henry M. Bates Award—the school’s highest honor. He also attended Emory University as a Bobby Jones Scholar.

Landau

About: Neil Landau is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author and screenwriting professor.

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Education

Master of Fine Arts, Screenwriting, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts, Film/Television, University of California, Los Angeles

Teaching Specialties

Landau served as an assistant dean at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television and co-director of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting Program for many years. This Fall, he’ll be the founding Director of Screenwriting in the new MFA Film & Television Program at the University of Georgia.

Experience

Landau’s screen credits include the cult teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead; Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed. His animated movie projects include Tad: The Lost Explorer (aka Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones) for which he earned a Spanish Academy “Goya” Award and Cinema Writers’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2014); Tad2 (Tadeo Jones and the Secret of King Midas), from Paramount, premiered in August, 2017 (once again to record box office). Neil is working on the Tad #3 for a 2022 release by Paramount. He also co-wrote the animated feature Capture the Flag (also for Paramount); and the animated movie, Sheep & Wolves, for Wizart Animation (The Snow Queen), 2017 release. He’s currently Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer on the new animated feature film Finnick for Riki Animation Studios, and serving as Co-EP and Executive Script Consultant on Mummies for 4 Cats Pictures and Warner Bros. Both are currently in production for 2022 release. Neil’s new projects include Strings (for Warner Bros.), the live action miniseries for Amediateka/HBO Europe entitled Patient Zero and a remake of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead slated for remake in 2021.

Neil is author of five books, including the bestselling 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010, reissue by Random House/Crown in early 2021; and The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2014; second edition to be published in 2021).

Neil served for several years as executive script consultant in the international divisions of Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures. He gives lectures, keynotes, and hosts workshops around the world on the art and craft of screenwriting, including keynotes in Milan, Rome, Seoul, and Sochi.  He’s lectured at USC School of Cinematic Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, La Femis in Paris, Met Film School in London, University of the Andes in Santiago, Alexander Mitta Film School in Moscow, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Shanghai Film Art Academy, Starlight Media in Kiev, and Accademia Nazionale del Cinema in Bologna, Italy.  He’s a member of the WGA west, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, PEN west, and is on the Board of Directors for OUTFEST.

Mohammed

About:

 Dr. Mohammed teaches courses in global media industries and entertainment. Her research focuses on Global South media industries, feminisms, broadcast media, and development communication.

Personal website: wunpini.com

Other AffiliationsAfrican Studies Institute 

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Education

Ph.D., Mass Communications, the Pennsylvania State University
M.Sc., Rhetoric & Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University
B.A.,   English and Spanish, University of Ghana
Diploma, Spanish, la Universidad de Cienfuegos “Carlos Rafael Rodriguez,” Cuba

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Mohammed teaches courses in global media industries and entertainment studies.  

Her research employs qualitative methodologies by way of ethnography, interviews, focus groups, textual analysis etc. to interrogate and challenge power politics in media production, distribution and reception. Her research and teaching converge in ways that enable her to guide her students towards employing empathetic and ethical approaches to their work in media. 

Dr. Mohammed has presented her work at national and international conferences such as the International Communication Association (ICA), the International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the National Communication Association (NCA) conference, the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (AEJMC). 

She has worked as a radio journalist in Ghana for several years and has done some public scholarship on Al JazeeraDWThe GuardianDazedThe Financial TimesGlobal Voices, Okay Africa, and several Ghanaian media platforms including the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation 

Her research is published in peer reviewed journals such as African Journalism StudiesJournal of Radio and Audio Media and Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. She has won top paper awards at the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and other academic conferences.  

2022 Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed was named winner of the 2022 Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research by the International Center for Research on Women. She received $2500 for the […]

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Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, “Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses.” Feminist Media Studies, doi: 10.1080/14680777.2022.2098798 Abstract: Although there is some scholarship on intersectionality focusing on African feminist movements, more work needs […]

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Feminist accountability: deconstructing feminist praxes, solidarities and LGBTQI+ activisms in Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, “Feminist accountability: deconstructing feminist praxes, solidarities and LGBTQI+ activisms in Ghana.” Communication, Culture & Critique, doi: 10.1093/ccc/tcac031 Abstract: This article examines how mainstream Ghanaian feminist organizations worked to support LGBTQI+ communities […]

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University of Georgia Sarah H. Moss Fellowship Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed was selected as a University of Georgia Sarah H. Moss Fellowship recipient. She received a $10,000 award for her research project: “Media and Decolonization: Re-righting the Subaltern […]

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Dismantling the Western Canon in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Although there have been extensive discussions on decolonizing the field of media and communication(s), not much attention has been paid to the way that curricula reproduce colonialism, imperialism and racism […]

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Communication in Context: How Culture, Structure and Agency Shape Health and Risk Communication about COVID-19 in Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Despite impressive strides toward proper health education about the pandemic, in resource-limited contexts, health information dissemination occurs within a structural context that restricts the enactment of agency and leads to […]

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Bilchiinsi Philosophy: Decolonizing Methodologies in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Despite recent calls for decolonization in academia as a whole and the fields of communication studies and media studies in particular—with a focus on narratives such as #CommunicationSoWhite and […]

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Decolonizing the Curriculum in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Although there have been extensive discussions on decolonizing the field of media and communication(s), not much attention has been paid to the way that curricula reproduce colonialism, imperialism and […]

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Baansi ni Yila: A critical study of the music industry in Northern Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: This study examines the intricacies of the expanding music industry in Northern Ghana, focusing on the perspectives of artistes. The contemporary popular musicians of Tamale, one of Ghana’s biggest […]

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Bilchiinsi Philosophy: Decolonizing Methodologies in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: In recent times, there have been calls for decolonization in academia as a whole and the field of communication and media studies with particular focus on narratives such as […]

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Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, Honorable Mention in the 2021 Stuart Hall Award at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. “Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses” […]

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Decolonizing African Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

This paper won First Place in the Faculty Paper Awards also known as the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition. It also won Best Paper in African Journalism Studies Award. Abstract: Drawing […]

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Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Several African scholars have theorized about the evolution of feminist movements on the continent but there has been little focus on the importance of employing an intersectional feminist framework […]

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Baansi ni Yila: A critical history of the music industry in Northern Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: This study examines the intricacies of the expanding music industry in Northern Ghana, centering the perspectives of artistes. We examine how artistes create and produce music, how they market […]

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Decolonizing African Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: African Media Studies which is marginalized in the Global North academy lacks not only representation from African students/scholars but is also under-theorized. Employing a decolonial approach, this article presents […]

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Community Radio in Contemporary South Africa – Deconstructing Complexities in Demarginalization Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: We used on-site interviews and roundtable conversations with practitioners to uncover original evidence of ways in which two variant South African communities activated citizens’ involvement in radio co-production of […]

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Teaching Specialties

In addition to teaching classes in global and international media, Dr. Mohammed has taught classes in qualitative research methods, public relations and feminist studies. Her teaching philosophy is creating excitement in the classroom and equipping students with the tools to succeed in their careers and to bring positive change to their communities. 

Experience

Prior to pursuing a PhD, Dr. Mohammed worked as a radio journalist for 5 years. She later worked in digital media writing where her work has been published on various Ghanaian and international media platforms such as Al Jazeera and Global Voices. She brings these industry experiences to enrich her teaching in the classroom. 

Awards and Fellowships

Awards

  • First Place in the Faculty Paper Awards also known as the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition in the International Communication Division at AEJMC (2021)
  • Best Paper Award for African Journalism Studies, in the International Communication Division at AEJMC (2021)
  • Honorable Mention in the 2021 Stuart Hall Award at the International Association for Media and Communication Research – IAMCR – (2021)
  • Best Paper Award for African Journalism Studies, Global Communication and Social Change Division, ICA (2019)
  • 2nd Prize Winner, Student Paper Award for Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division, ICA (2019)
  • Pansy E. Jacobs Jackson Top Student Paper Award (2018)
  • Djung Yune Tchoi Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State (2019)

Fellowships

  • Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2021-2023, University of Georgia 
  • Kopenhaver Fellow, 2021: Sponsored by the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women, the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. 
  • Media & Islam in Africa Fellow, University of Florida’s Center for African Studies, the Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Department of Religion (Postponed due to COVID-19, 2020).
  • PhDigital Bootcamp 2019 Fellow, a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded fellowship, Texas State University (2019)

Bernabo

About: Dr. Bernabo teaches undergrad courses in global and domestic media industries and representations. Her primary research focus is global television flows, with an emphasis on translation.

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Education

Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Iowa
M.A., Communication Studies, University of Iowa
B.A., Gender & Women’s Studies and Economics, University of Illinois

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Bernabo researches the Spanish-language translation of popular U.S. television programs for Hispanic audiences, as well as other international programs like “Squid Game.” Her approach to this research considers translation as both a process — a professional activity governed by industrial norms and constraints — and the text produced by that process. She has spent time at dubbing studios in Mexico City and Miami, FL in order to observe the translation process and interview Spanish-language script writers, directors, and dubbing actors. Her focus on translation as texts emphasizes the construction of gender, race, sexuality, and other forms of identity. When she is not traveling for research, Dr. Bernabo’s secondary area of scholarship considers the construction of these identities in U.S. programs.
Dr. Bernabo has presented her work at national and international conferences including Console-ing Passions, OSCLG, IAMCR, and ICA. Her research is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Critical Studies in Media Communication and Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.
Copaganda and Post-Floyd TVPD: Broadcast Television’s Response to Policing in 2020 Laurena Bernabo

Laurena Bernabo, “Copaganda and Post-Floyd TVPD: Broadcast Television’s Response to Policing in 2020.” Journal of Communication 72 (4):488-496. Abstract: After George Floyd was murdered in 2020, U.S. police procedurals faced increased scrutiny […]

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“(De/Re)Constructing LGBT Characters in Latin America: The Implications of Mexican Dubbing for Translating Marginalized Identities.” Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: This article responds to calls for more detailed analyses of localization around the world (E. Castelló, 2009; E. Levine, 2009; S. Waisbord & S. Jalfin, 2009) by examining a Mexican dubbing […]

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Media Imports and the One-Inch Barrier: Translation Debates in the Pose-Parasite Era Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: This chapter aims to explore popular discourses surrounding Parasite and other media imports in the U.S. vis-à-vis translation practices like dubbing and subtitling. I use Parasite as an entry point to critically examine […]

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(De/Re)Constructing LGBT Characters in Latin America: The Implications of Mexican Dubbing for Translating Marginalized Identities Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: This article responds to calls for more detailed analyses of localization around the world (Castelló, 2009; Levine, 2009) by examining a Mexican dubbing company and its translation of LGBT […]

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Whitewashing Diverse Voices: (De)Constructing Race and Ethnicity in Spanish-Language Television Dubbing Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: When television programs are translated for global audiences, languages are changed, but so too are constructions of diverse identities. Characters who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) […]

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Whitewashing Diverse Voices: (De)Constructing Race and Ethnicity in Spanish-Language Television Dubbing Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: When television programs are translated for global audiences, languages are changed, but so too are constructions of diverse identities. Characters who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) […]

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Whitewashing diverse voices: (De)constructing race and ethnicity in Spanish-language television dubbing Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: When television programs are translated for global audiences, languages are changed, but so too are constructions of diverse identities. Characters who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Bernabo’s teaching specialties include global media flows, productions and industries; U.S. media industries; and mediated representations of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and other forms of identity.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Anita Taylor Outstanding Published Article Award, 2020
  • Cheris Kramerae Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2018
  • Ballad & Seashore Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2017
  • ICA’s Top Paper Award for Media Industry Studies Division, 2016

Sterling

Kyla Sterling began her New Media Institute journey in 2018 as an Emerging Media Master’s student. Now, as faculty advisor for the New Media Certificate program, she oversees students’ journeys all the way from recruitment to graduation. In addition, she teaches certificate courses and continues to grow the NMI network by working closely with alumni and corporate partners. Prior to moving to Athens, Sterling taught college writing and literature in the English department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.